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Unimpressed with John Connolly’s education message

I don’t think my several years waitressing qualify me to understand the complex working life of a genuine, long-term waitress. Still, I suppose John Connolly has the right to boast he was a teacher (“Lessons from a short teaching career,” Page A1, Oct. 17).

Connolly also has the right to ridicule me as a Boston Teachers Union hard-liner — I’m actually a Boston Public Schools parent — and even a sort of “birther” because I find his long-ago, brief time in the classroom no counterweight for his campaign’s anti-teacher rhetoric and plans.

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And certainly Connolly may dismiss statistics that show charter schools enroll far fewer special-needs students and English-language learners than traditional public schools with an expletive and an example from his one year at Boston Renaissance Charter School.

But do these choices, and the tendencies they display, make Connolly the best choice for mayor?

I hope the next mayor of Boston is humble, able to listen to critics rather than castigate them, and bases policies on evidence, not anecdote. When it comes to those qualities, I think Marty Walsh stands head and shoulders above his opponent.

Mary Battenfeld

Jamaica Plain

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